Former Today program presenter John Humphrys has revealed that he is “not a fan” of Boris Johnson.
Humphrys has been a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s flagship program for over 30 years until he stepped down last year and has since started presenting a weekly show on Classic FM and working as a columnist.
After holding his lips together for three decades because of the state channel’s impartiality rules, Mr. Humphrys is now free to express his true feelings, including about the Prime Minister.
I haven’t been a fan of Johnson … I can say that now, I couldn’t say that a year ago, right?John Humphrys
During an interview with Times Radio, which airs on Sunday, Mr. Humphrys was asked if he had voted for the current incumbent number 10.
“No, I didn’t vote for Johnson,” said the belligerent interviewer.
“I haven’t been a fan of Johnson … I can say that now, I couldn’t say that a year ago, right?
‘I do not trust him. Apart from everything else, I don’t trust him and you should be able to trust politicians.
“There’s a nice old Welsh phrase, I can’t use it because this is public broadcaster, but it’s full of something; something and wind.
“It’s great in the blustering part, but it’s not as good when it comes to delivery.”
The Mastermind presenter said he could not see that the Conservative Party leader had “won” his education and private school education.
“His background is for someone like me … a working-class boy and all, an abomination,” he added.
“You know, he had all the benefits, all the benefits of going to the best school in the world, if that’s what Eton really is … and a great university, the rest.
“I can’t quite see what he got from that. He’s not a man I really admire, let’s put it this way. ‘
But the Daily Mail columnist said it was “complete bullshit” that he disliked all politicians.
He added, “I mean, they are people and some of them are happy good people who go into politics to try to make the world a better place.
I voted in favor and felt quite strong about itJohn Humphrys
“And some of them are tossers, like the rest of humanity.”
Mr. Humphrys repeated during the interview that he voted for Remain at the 2016 European referendum, a confession he first made in his autobiography published last year, A Day Like Today.
Despite complaints that he was guilty of pro-Brexit bias during his tenure in Today, he told Times Radio how, after growing up in the post-war period, he became convinced that a common market would help maintain peace between countries .
“I voted for Remain and felt pretty strong about it,” he continued.
“But of course I hope it was not visible. I have done my job, I hope, questioning both sides with equal vitality and strength and everything else. ‘